By failing to disclose truths, we are in essence lying by omission....for our relationships to be trustworthy and authentic, we need to know the truth about ourselves and others. This is particularly true for all members of congregations who have been betrayed by a trusted leader, lay or ordained. Misconduct erodes trust, not only between the offender and the primary victim, but also among other members of a congregation. To begin to rebuild or establish trust, it is essential that misconduct, which typically involves secrets and secretive behavior, be brought to light.My questions to David:
- If you really are a Christian, why are you afraid to look into the question of Bob Malm’s perjury?
- Do you really think anyone believes Bob’s claim, made in writing, that I left on my own? If he did, why did Bob fell the need to tell church staff to exclude me?
- Why did Bob Malm include Mike Smith in his vendetta?
- Do you understand that failing to tell the truth is not only lying by omission, it will ultimately result in the collapse of Grace Church?
Episcopal priest David Crosby.